Top 10 Pumpkin Seed Recipes: Don't Waste Any Part of Your Jack-O-Lantern!

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Top these muffins with pumpkin seeds for a beautiful presentation.

4. Muffins

Bake a batch of pumpkin muffins and a batch of apple-spice muffins, adding a cup of fresh pumpkin seeds to the batter for each. This enhances the natural flavor of the pumpkin and complements the sweetness of apples in the spice muffins. Decorate the tops of each muffin with fresh pumpkin seeds just before baking.

3. Candied

If making brittle or hard candy is not your cup of tea, season pumpkin seeds with sweet spices and sugar to "candy" the seeds while they roast in the oven. Coat the pumpkin seeds with brown sugar and butter, as well as cinnamon and/or pumpkin pie spice; add a dash of salt to balance the sweetness. Roast the pumpkin seeds low and slow in a 250-degree oven for 45 minutes. Let the seeds cool completely before serving.

2. Rice Pudding

Transform plain rice pudding into something complex and scrumptious by incorporating pumpkin seeds, raisins (soak them in rum for an hour for added flavor), butter and brown sugar, as in this Food Network recipe. Mix pumpkin seeds with butter and salt to brown the seeds and bring out the natural nutty flavors, then mix with the rum-soaked raisins and brown sugar for more sweetness. Scoop a spoonful over rice pudding. It's creamy, sweet, nutty, and a great dessert for the fall and winter months.

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Season your pumpkin seeds with a liberal amount of spices and enjoy as a snack or on top of salads.

1. Spiced

Take the spicy route when cooking pumpkin seeds. Rather than adding sugar and cinnamon, season the seeds with cayenne pepper, chili powder, cumin, salt and olive oil. Enjoy as a snack at work, or serve during get-togethers with friends. You can also sprinkle these seeds on salads in place of croutons or other nuts.

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